AFP 161 – Jon Mahoney: Around the world in 900+ days and mastering Russian

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

On this episode I chat to Jon Mahoney, who went on a trip around the world that lasted over 900 days. We also get into his story of living in Ukraine, and Russia – as well as progressing his Russian skills to well above advanced. 

Along the way he produced videos for his YouTube channels (in English and Russian) together with his wife Eva.


That was my reaction when Jon first told me of his epic world trip, when I met him at the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava last year.

How was it possible for two adults to travel around the world in a 3-year period, and perhaps more importantly, for less than $20,000??

In the process Jon also mastered Russian, so we get into that as well.

Great, inspirational story all around. Well worth a listen!

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Kris is the founder of Actual Fluency, and has spent the last 8 years becoming an expert in language learning software, methods, and techniques.

Originally from Denmark, he now lives in Portugal and speaks 5+ languages at varying levels. His other interests are Wine, Online Marketing, and Travelling.